Tri County Report For April 24th, 2020

Pennsylvania coronavirus cases continue to rise, but locally, there is not much of an uptick in cases. Across the state, there are now an additional 1,369 positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 37,053. In Lawrence County, cases have stayed the same at 61. Mercer County, cases have increased to 60 from 59. There is still one death in Mercer County, while Lawrence County’s death total remains at six. Beaver County meanwhile has 346 cases with 46 deaths.

A man is facing manslaughter charges connected to an alleged deadly drug deal in Beaver County.  David Shebish of Cranberry Township is accused of providing info to a 41-year-old man on the fentanyl that the man used before dying of a drug overdose February 15th in Chippewa Township.  Shebish was arraigned Thursday and charged with involuntary manslaughter, drug delivery resulting in death, and possession with intent to deliver.

Shenango Township in Mercer County has been awarded a 3.68 million state grant, for the Township’s sewer project. According to the Sharon Herald PennVEST, awarded $4.16 million toward the project, expected to cost $18 million. Completion of the project falls under the Shenango Township Municipal Authority.

State Police in Lawrence County report a two vehicle accident in Hickory Township. According to police 66 year old Robert Davis of New Castle was eastbound on Eastbrook Road when he vehicle left then roadway and struck a vehicle operated by 70 year old John Taylor of New Castle. Davis was taken to UPMC Jameson for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

PennDOT is once again extending deadlines for licenses and registrations amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Expirations on licenses and registrations are now extended to the end of May.  PennDOT also extended safety and emissions inspections as well as learner’s permits.

State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is concerned about the surge in the state’s charitable food system,  saying with increased  demand keeping it functioning has been a challenge.  Redding also has concerns for employees of meat-processing facilities where workers have tested positive for coronavirus. Meantime, Redding says he’s encouraged by what seems to be less panic-buying in grocery stores.

Officials with Penn State University say they are cutting the salaries from employees in their Physical Plant and Auxiliary Services by 50 percent.  Those individuals work at the university’s hotels and conference centers as well as at Bryce Jordan Center.  That move will be effectives for at least two months starting May 4th.  Those employees will still receive benefits and will be eligible for unemployment and stimulus support.

Butler County Community College is letting high school students know they can start earning college credits now.  B-C-Three officials say sophomores through seniors can earn up to 26 credits through their Health Care Pathway or 15 credits in their Business Pathway starting this fall.  Depending upon which tract the student chooses, they could save between three-and-five-thousand dollars on tuition.

A man is hurt after an A-T-V accident in Butler County.  Troopers say 32-year-old Anthony Carbin was riding on Route 68 Wednesday morning when he became distracted and drifted into the other lane.  The Parker man struck the guardrail and was thrown from the A-T-V.  There’s no word on the severity of his injuries.